What is canine hip dysplasia?

PennHIP

The research-based hip-screening procedure known as PennHIP has proven to be the most accurate and precise method to measure hip laxity.
It can identify—as early as 16 weeks of age—dogs that are susceptible to developing hip dysplasia. This offers breeders the opportunity to make
early decisions on breeding stock, and allows veterinarians to advise pet owners on lifestyle adjustments and preventive strategies to minimize
the pain and progression of the disease.

THE PennHIP PROCEDURE
There are two principal innovations in the PennHIP method. First, the dog is positioned on the x-ray table with hips in a neutral orientation,
and second, a custom distraction device is applied to reveal the maximum amount of hip laxity. To achieve this, the dog’s muscles are
completely relaxed by administering sedation or general anesthesia.
Veterinarians must complete specialized training and quality-control exercises before becoming certified to perform the PennHIP procedure.
A complete PennHIP evaluation includes office consultation, sedation/anesthesia, and submission of the three PennHIP radiographs to
ANTECH Imaging Services for evaluation. Your certified PennHIP veterinarian will be happy to discuss the procedure and cost with you.